An Oklahoma court has certified a class of plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The class includes all royalty interest owners in Oklahoma wells where Anadarko is or was the operator, working interest owner, or lessee and relates only to payment of hydrocarbons produced from those wells since 1985. The plaintiffs claim the international gas corporation wrongfully considered the costs associated with compression, gathering, dehydration, and processing in computing their royalties. It appears, considering the recent concerns over not taking these issues into account when selling to end-consumers, the gas corporations may be trying to shift the costs to individuals on both sides of the pump. It will be interesting to see how this case develops.
Source: Class Action Reporter
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